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Brown paper packages, tied up with string… Easy holiday gift wrapping with natural and homemade touches, including foraged greens, dried oranges and cinnamon ornaments.
Good morning friends! How is your week going so far, are you getting a little anxious for Christmas? I am amazed that December is going by so fast, I know I have said that every day but it’s true., this is the fastest month this year and next week is Christmas!
Although Christmas is my favorite holiday and I typically have all of my shopping, wrapping, and decorating finished by the first 2 weeks of November this year I just wasn’t feeling Christmas. I had all of my Christmas boxes out and the trees up but for weeks they just sat with the lights on and not one ornament, I had all of the gifts but they sat piled up for weeks and weeks just waiting to be wrapped and decked out in their Christmas finery and then I realized that this year was a year like no other so it stands to reason that Christmas should be the same.
I decided to be festive but I scaled back. I left some of the trees with just their fairy lights, another I only decorated with a few favorite ornaments and yet another tree I decided to make ornaments for, just as I had as a child. I strung cranberries, dried orange slices, made cinnamon ornaments and foraged in my yard and on my walks for holly, greens, mistletoe, pinecones and whatever else I could find.
My minimalist decorating also became part of my wrapping as well and I love how each package turned out, “brown paper packaging, tied up with string.” As I am not a very crafty person let me assure you that this is easy to replicate and you could probably do it this with things you have in your house and yard right now.
Easy Holiday Gift Wrapping
3. Mistletoe, holly sprigs, candy canes, dried orange slices, cinnamon ornaments, pine sprigs, cinnamon sticks, star anise, pine cones or other foraged elements. You can also ask at the tree farm or local hardware store for leftover cuttings.
4. Gift tags. Make your own, use what you have, hand letter or paint one.
5. Scissors and tape.
NOTE: If you are artistic and I am not, you could also purchase white markers and decorate the brown paper packages like gingerbread houses which would be very cool and a great activity for the kids.
Wrap your gifts, add your twine and then affix your foraged greens, herbs, spices, or dried fruits. Add the gift tag and you are finished. Let your kids help you out, send them into the yard to find things to use to decorate their gifts.
I hope that in the rush of the season that you find time to relax and savor all of the things you enjoy about the holidays. Have a great day!